The Colosseum Cyclorama

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00081
Title: The Colosseum Cyclorama
Additional Title: Hand Book of Paris By Night
Historic Street Address: Broad & Locust Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Front cover of the Colosseum Cyclorama's hand book advertising its exhibition entitled "Paris By Night", for which the building was expressly designed. The cover shows an image of the Colosseum with horse-drawn carriages passing in front. The circular building stood on the southeast corner of Broad and Locust Streets opposite the Academy of Music. Originally erected on Broadway and Thirty-fifth Streets in New York City, it was moved to Philadelphia in the spring of 1876.  It's cylindrical form had a diameter of 129 feet. Made from corrugated iron, the outside measured 405 feet in circumference and stood 75 feet high. The inside of the building was decorated with a large circular painting of a panorama of the City of Paris, France. Covering over 40,000 square feet, the spectator viewed the spectacle from a central raised platform. Looking downward a representation of the city unfolded in convincing perspective. Higher up, the sky, complete with stars, was painted on the extended canvas, adding to the illusion.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.164576
Geocode Latitude:39.948223

Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler